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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore East on 1970-09-20

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore East on 1970-09-20

Topics Live concert

Uncle John's Band, Deep Elem Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Big Railroad Blues, Dark Hollow, Ripple, To Lay Me Down, Truckin', Rosalie McFall, Cumberland Blues, New Speedway Boogie, Brokedown Palace Casey Jones, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Candyman, Sitting On Top Of The World, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Big Boy Pete, Me & My Uncle, Easy Wind, Sugar Magnolia, Attics Of My Life, Mama Tried, Not Fade Away-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> We Bid You Good Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore East
Location New York City, NY

Source Remastered Soundboard
Lineage iZotope Ozone
Transferred by Jim Wise, Darrin Sacks and SirMick


This is a remaster of shnid 1190

- hiss has been reduced
- a number of clicks and pops have been removed and some other artifacts cleaned up
- a number of volume adjustments have been made
- final mastering using iZotope Ozone


* according to Deadlists the section of Good Lovin' that was originally included is in fact from 09/18/70 and so I have excluded it here.

I've also left out the original d1t13 which was the only NRPS song and is, in any case, incomplete.


Reviewer: Thumbblue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2016
Subject: So beautiful
Maybe the best acoustic set from them I've ever heard. So good....yesssss. Love it, love it, love it...God bless the dead. I was fortunate to catch the return of to lay me down in Hampton in 1988 and its great...this version is so pretty. Sounds like an orchestra. Jerry ain't bad on the keys. Never knew he played piano on stage....obviously pedal steel but not piano. Good show.
Reviewer: sdesmond - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2016
Subject: haven't heard this show in a LONG time !
used to have this on cassette when i first started collecting tapes in the late '80's.
I forgot how good it is.

Are there 3 guitars in FOTD ? David Nelson ?
Reviewer: quelots - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2016
Subject: Bobby on fire!
While Jerry playing the piano on To Lay Me Down is a wonderful highlight of this show, it's Bobby's inspired playing throughout is what makes this show a winner. A bit of an unusual role-reversal for most of Easy Wind, with Bobby tearing it up on lead while Jerry holds down the rhythm. While not usually a fan of Sugar Magnolia this rendition smokes. Attics brings a tear to my eye. An unusual show with highlights galore, don't pass this one up.

Reviewer: CarrionCrow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2016
Subject: I was there and this version is better than live!!
Whoever mentioned about the separation of the players - is right on the money. I attended the late show that night and trust me - this version through my BW speakers is WAY BETTER! Of course, the experience of the live show is something that is indescribable. I remember the light show (Josh White I am pretty sure) which included some hilarious cartoons and some other pretty weird stuff going on. This was my third or forth FE show and I my memory of which night was which is a bit vague. I have ticket for this show, so no vagueness there. Thank you all who taped this show and worked on the tapes. It was all I could do to find the right train to get to the Fillmore!

I just want to try and clear something up - we watched in awe as jerry played the piano on To Lay Me Down. This was my last of many FE and Port Chester shows and most had big acoustic sets - but never had we ever seen JG tickle the ivorys. You do not forget that! BTW today I toggled back and forth between Harpur college acoustic set and this one. Both are superb but this one tops because of Phil being on bass (there is no bass track on Harpur) and the additions of the mandolins. To my ear both Grisman and Nemson take turns filling in with mandolin. Grisman is unquestionably playing on ripple.
Reviewer: mifraidin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2016
Subject: All-time great
This is one of my very favorite shows, for all of the reasons expressed in these comments. Beautiful acoustic Brokedown, great organ on Me and My Uncle. Could go on and on. In any event, this is a no-brainer. Don't live without it any longer!
Reviewer: Shug909 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2016
Subject: Bobby's guitar

Chris U., If you watch this video of Easy Wind from three weeks earlier 8-30-70, Bobby is playing a Gibson ES 335 or something close to it. Jerry is on a Gibson SG. Probably the same guitars for this show, I'd guess. Too bad Bob didn't play lead ;guitar solos like this for a longer period of time, he sounds great!
Reviewer: Jazzmaniac - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2015
Subject: The greatest Dead show ever...
The obvious answer is Barton Hall 5-8-77 - but for my money, this is it - 9-20-1970 at the Filmore East. After just the first 12 bars of Uncle John's Band - you know something special was going on. Far and away the best recording ever of Rosalie McFall. Just listen to Jerry's second solo on Sitting on Top of the World which starts at 2:12 - also, Bobby at his best here too. Enough said.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2015
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Reviewer: the original ham flower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2015
Subject: phenomenal
the best -well, my favorite at least- easy wind, and one of just 2-3 acoustic versions ever of my favorite gd song, brokedown palace.

this and at the very least the dark star from the night before are a must-have.
Reviewer: Pouzar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2013
Subject: A magic night
This was the last GD show I attended at the Fillmore East and one of the best. My buddy Yuzo and I flipped over the acoustic set, especially the rendition of Truckin' the definitve acoustic versions. We also caught the Sept. 17th show, which was excellent as well. Major Props to the fellows who remastered the soundboard recording. There are a few glitches in the electric set, for sure, but all in all it captures very well one of the 1970 run of great east coast shoes, six of which I attended, including 4 at the Fillmore, and a very special one at the Capitol Theater, June 24, of which there is no soundboard recording, unfortunately. People who missed these 1970 shows, or haven't listened to credible recordings of them,can't possible understand how absolutely special the atmosphere was and intimate the relationship was between the band and the audience, or, of course, how sensationally they they played.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2013
Subject: spring and summer 1970!
Another solid show from a year that offered so much. To Lay Me Down is divine. I don't anticipate having favorite versions that are 'acoustic', but this one takes the cake. Jerry is in a TLMD mood after 9/19. New Speedway is masterful. Candyman doesn't drag. Sitting is really tight.
Easy Wind crackles. Sugar Mag is totally together, one of the best ever.
I think this blows away Sugar Mags of 72, 78 etc. 2/18/71 is recommended similarly.
Mama Tried is ill placed filler.
Reviewer: jefffalcone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2013
Subject: wowza
that was a great way to stay up too late monday night. the magic was definitely there on that night!!
Reviewer: Allmanhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2013
Subject: Acoustic Set
this recording is nothing short of pure ecstatic beauty....with an incredible acoustic set to boot. grisman is cookin' hard with the dead at this show...but who could be on keys?..doesnt sound like pig to my ears.

Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2012
Subject: Deep Elem sweetness
That is one saucy Deep Elem! Nice recording through and through.
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2012
Subject: Best copy
Most of this recording sounds fantastic. All of the acoustic does at least. What a sweet treat this is!
Reviewer: BottomedOut - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2012
Subject: Who's twinklin' the ivories?
This acoustic set is fantastic, one of my favorites. But who, as was asked a couple of years ago in this thread, is playing piano? I can't even think of why there'd be a piano on stage, with the 1970 Dead and the New Riders? Neither band used a piano at the time, did they? So, there's a piano onstage, for some reason, but who's playing it? I might be crazy, but I think it might be Jerry...
Reviewer: fearlessleader - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2011
Subject: I like it!
Very nice acoustic set
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2011
Subject: i made my decision
this is and always will be the best acoustic set ever
Reviewer: severedhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2011
Subject: Scorcher
My face just melted off.
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2011
Subject: To Lay Me Down
The prettiest "To Lay Me Down" ever. The acoustic set is amazing. A rare 5 out of 5 for me!
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2011
Subject: There was an electric set?
I was so mesmerized by the wonderful acoustic set that the electric set seemed almost a let down!
Spectacular performance all around.
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2010
Subject: To Lay Me Down
familiarfan is right with one -- just one -- possible exception: 9/18/74. The version on that show is the other definitive version. ;)

While 9/18/74 is pretty darn great all the way through, I would have to say that 9/20/70 includes more of the best versions of songs.

Funny story about listening to this show with a guy who I shall refer to as "Mr. Deadhead." This guy gave me a lot of tapes and really thought he was the shit. In a way, he was the shit. So we're listening to this show and during the *first* guitar solo on Easy Wind, I say, "Man, listen to Bobby rip it up!" And Mr. Deadhead says: "That's Jerry."

Try to believe it, folks. This guy bragged about his tape collection non-stop and he couldn't even tell the difference between Jerry and Bobby.

This is one of a handful of shows that is perfect for introducing the young freak to the strange impossible sound of Bob Weir's guitar playing. China/Rider and Easy Wind especially. The recording and separation of the guitars is perfect. And Bobby is down in the friggin' dirt with the distortion. Is that a Telecaster or a Gibson SG? Someone who knows needs to tell us.

Other cool stuff: listen to the great percussion and Pig's beautiful organ playing in Me and My Uncle!

*Just noticed I hadn't added a comment about this in last four years, but I've listened to it probably a hundred times since then. A great part of what makes it about this recording is the analog nature of the source material ... including the occasionally warbling, drop-outs, etc. It's still a fascinating mix and reminds us of all that is lost from this incredible year thanks to Bear's imprisonment etc.
Reviewer: whitelightning66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2010
Subject: Wow!
An absolutely awesome display of the songs on this show. The boys really amazed me and there are so many highlights I think I'm gonna pinch myself now to see if I'm still numb after listening to this. Highest praise to all those involved.
Reviewer: bklynpolar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2010
Subject: 40 years gone by
just a word or two in memory

this was / is a great show...the fillmore was always a fun place to see the dead.

it is now 40 years gone by but it still feels like yesterday at times.

truly a nice show to listen to

thanks to the gd
tom "iceman" mcgann
Reviewer: Green Warbler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2010
Subject: The Original Grateful Dawg!
What a jazzgrass treat for the ears! Rip this one for the lost Dawg Music, a truly priceless acoustic set for the ages. I am finally discovering this after many years of trawling the archive. "Dark Hollow" as it was meant to be played, plus a beautifully dripping Ripple and a bluegrassy "Mama Tried." Rating based on 1st 5 songs, but how could this gem go wrong from here?
Reviewer: deadguest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 26, 2010
Subject: Great Night
Ya...I remember being at that show...Brings back alot of sentiment....A Dead Show was my safe spot during tumultuous times...If I remember correctly, when the Dead went to play their electric stuff...they lowered the aoxomoxa sign....first time I saw that....
Reviewer: cloudsplitter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2010
Subject: A truly great show
I love the acoustic sets of 1970, and this one is one of my top picks. I've downloaded this show and handed it out to a few people and they all say it's a real special show. David Grisman was apparently there on mandolin along with David Nelson on second mandolin, and I must say they sure tear it up. wish they would have done more concerts like this one. Five stars for an excellent show.
Reviewer: beantown_adc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2010
Subject: DownloadThemAll tip (was 'excellent show, excellent source')
To expand on mgford25's excellent instructions on using 'DownLoadThemAll!': set a filter to the string: 'vbr.mp3' (without the single quotes) and it will strip out all but the Hi-Fi versions of the MP3 files. You'll get the entire show in a folder, ready to go, in about 1 minute (over a high-speed connection).

The SirMick remaster of this show is amazing, given the limitations of the source. Highly recommend this one over the others!
Reviewer: magicastles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2009
Subject: unbelievable
I am in love with this acoustic set-
a delightful listen. the sound is perfect, very intimate. their playing is almost perfect

hey, oh_um_ah guy: take a break man, we are streaming here remember? that's the way we want it
Reviewer: ah_uh_oh_um - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" September 20, 1970, at the Fillmore East, New York City, New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

~<->/<->\<->~ <------secret Code....

1970 Superduper Soundbard.

Classic 70' Sound.

Make sure you get all the September shows at the Fillmore East,17th, 18th, 19th, & 20th.

Outstanding recording quality. A "Must Have" show for every DEAD Head.

5 stars for the mix, recording, performance & transfer.

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist.

If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.

Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.

Repeat these steps for each song.



Eat, Drink, Be Merry & Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD for you could be dead tomorrow...

PS: Remember to click the "DeadLists Project" link to get the poster/hanbill for this show.

PS: If you voted for Obama and lost your job, your home, and or your retirement or had your college tuition increased and services cut, it's called karma.

Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2009
Subject: ThanxBoyz
So I am feeling a little tired a few months back ... i get my sorry ass into the doctor's office ... where the old codger orders up a s--tload and a half of tests .... One of them little f----ing tests come back and informs me that prostate-cancer has me scheduled to meet with the big Banana-Head in the sky ... Good news is... medicines have delayed my final ride off to happier hunting grounds for at least a year

So blah blah goes the story of the wandering sage ... Here on the Grateful Dead archive I give my most sincere thanx for the chance to have lived ...

Why this damn show makes me cry.... I do not know.....

I wish I was a headlight on a northbound need to wish anymore... I am one... to see how much bu--sh-t consumed me....I should have mastered learning to love ... I can see that now.... i am now willing to love

So much of my life was suffering....Listening to the Dead was one of those simple pleasures for me...the music does something to me that all these painkillers will never be able to do....

The Dead make something inside me shake and rattle...and roll and pop and bop.... I don't give a shit that I am dying when I listen to their music.....

Yeah I am pissed I gotta shove off....I have the cutest grandkids...(i AM 52) ... One of the little punks loves to work with tools.... Him and me just sit and play with all the crap I have collected over the years...He becomes 52 and I become 5 ..... He has good workworking hands.....The other two schnookie-butts are just as special to be with.....

I got a big-ass basket filled up with old harmonicas, drumsticks, and such.... We get the old guitars down and pretend we are the Dead ... They usually fight for the instruments when we jam with the Dead, even though there are tons to go around.... We all copy PigPen...his "Now, just wait a minute... Now wait a minute....Hold up now..."

So anyway, I got a freight train running through my head right now...... time to just shut-up and listen to the show....

Thanx archive people..... may all that is good and wholesome nurture that which wholesome and good..... I'll see you on the other side.....
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" September 20, 1970 at the Fillmore East, New York City, New York, United States of America


1970 Superduper Soundbard.

Classic 70' Sound.

Make sure you get all the September shows at the Fillmore East,17th, 18th, 19th, & 20th.

Outstanding recording quality. A "Must Have" show for every DEAD Head.

5 stars for the mix, recording, performance & transfer.

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1970.

PS: Remember to click the "DeadLists Project" link to get the poster/hanbill for this show.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2009
Subject: What a special show
This show is perfect. The acoustic set is unreal and full of rarities and familiars. I wonder how many times they played Ripple back in the day? Probably under ten times... This bluegrass Big Railroad is also pretty heady. David Nelson's mado contribution is fitting (it's 1970) and a nice addition. While the Truckin' kind of sounds like the studio cut, its still a unique change to hear it acoustic, with crisp and bare vocals. I wonder who is playing piano. Maybe Pig, but i'm not sure. Not TC or Keith, so who?? (anyone know). Oh yeah, and that acoustic Brokedown, a little raw and in its baby form but still so perfect. Those who were their are eternally Grateful, and those who can listen for free are as well. Thanks for re-mastering this dusty tape and giving us these rare acoustic gems that make this set up there with the likes of 1970-5-2 and 15. Never more soulful or devoted. Electric Dead might have made them the raging party that so many heads loved, but the sprit of the band lies within these moments.

Oh yeah, the electric material is also well done, with some nice throw in's (Big Boy Pete, Attics). God damn the Dead loved playing in New York and at the Fillmore East.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2009
Subject: Superb Fillmore East
Wow....Great recording! I love the channel separation of the players, a cool effect not heard too often. The recording is a bit warbly in spots, but very listenable. Easy Wind kicks butt, and the acoustic Truckin' is verrrry unique. Wonderful recording, awesome performance.
Reviewer: DeadHeadDave90 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2009
Subject: that mandolin.....
gets me smiling! good stuff.
Reviewer: tomatoman66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2009
Subject: Great Show
This show is all they say it is. Very nice and more than worth getting a copy of. Classic sound and quality.

For all the freaks who can't stand the idea of paying for anything that was once free, no matter how great or cheap, i spent a total of $20 dollars a year ago to buy a program to record streaming music, which i think is legal, and i've recorded several hundred hours of shows. For a dime or quarter or whatever the hell it is for some of the best live shows of one of the greatest rock bands that ever played, we're lucky as hell. I can't stand the crybaby crap. Please let it go and be grateful for what you've got. Talk about US Blues.
Reviewer: lips - - January 24, 2009
Subject: gd hour 149
according to the gd hour #149 David Nelson and David Grisman were there.
Reviewer: gandy_dancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2008
Subject: was there on 9/20/70
It was great after 30 some years to discover and then find my first Dead show here. While some gripe about the sound quality, I'm just fine with being able to listen to this show again. Hey, nothing wrong with that acoustic set is there? Great to hear them nail the vocals. Wish the New Riders set was made it to tape... they did a great "Honkey Tonk Women" that night. Also I can say for certain that Jerry played piano on "To Lay Me Down". Can't help with the Grisman question. Maybe he was there, maybe not.
Reviewer: scottie78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2008
Subject: Re: A maturing band
I like Dead of all eras for different reasons, I'm also all for early Dead (pre '70), however, I firmly believe that this is the year when they really begin to show their talent. They begin to show the fruit of growth and maturity as musicians. They still have Pigpen, which gives them a dynamic obviously missed upon his departure from us.

Big RR Blues & Speedway are definite spotlights in a 1st set of highlights. 2nd set was killer as well with an awesome rendition of China Cat, Sitting on top of the world is off the hook, and Smags is truly alive with Jerry's distortion.

I really like this show all around, they have few mess ups (the first verse of Trukin' is all I recall) and the band sounds raw, alive, energized, and eager to play.

To me, this show is a must have and a part of a beginning, or ending, or just a door they went through from which they never returned. I think this is the Grateful Dead saying, with out realizing it, we're here to stay, we're American Rock Legends.
Reviewer: balaw28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 7, 2008
Subject: What $5.00 bucks got the audience
Hi-lights- well lest start of with what may be one of the best ever “easy wind”, and who but good old bobby on lead, yes on lead! also the whole first acoustic set is probably one of the finest played by the dead, Rosalie McFall, Brokedown Palace, NSB, and the Sittin’ on top of the world, Truckin’, Sugar Magnolia, NFA

This whole first acoustic set is one of the greatest ones i have found. The whole first set is definitely worth listening too. (In Order). A very rare early acoustic truckin’ is great and the ripple and dark hollow are too; (wish i was there) for this first set alone. But what brings this whole together in the second set is the amazing easy wind arguably one of the best ever. and what makes it so amazing is the way bobby dosen’t disappoint his leads are amazing and you feel like him and jerry are in a duel with each other, but as worthy of an opponent as jerry is bobby undoubtedly holds his own. The whole show is phenomenal and in great quality for 1970. The mandolis’t in the acoustic is said to be mr. David Grisman but arguable. The keys in the acoustic set too are great pig could sing and boy could he play that thing like his life depended on it. One of the funkiest sugar mag’s iv’e reviewed so far. Jerry's guitar has such a great distortion on that amazing sugar magnolia and boy were they on that faithful night. The not fade away is ripping and love the going down the road feeling band type jam towards the end which then you hear phil suggest a caution witch then happens after to a great extended we bid you goodnight, which i love personally short sweet song. truly a great Fillmore concert and a definite must have for the acoustic dead lover. Definitely one of the best the dead had to offer in September 1970. And imagine the audience got all this for $5.00 bucks!

Want to Trade Shows? - i got them if you got the ones im missing or just need it. And well you need this one!!
Reviewer: smattermonnat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2008
Subject: In a word
I can't express how lucky we are to have all of this available to us for free. Who cares if you can't download it...just listen and feel blessed that it's here for us whenever we need it.
Reviewer: MVotter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2008
Subject: A GEM!
Is that David Nelson on mandolin on Friend of the Devil? ... And, a blue grassy version of Big Railroad Blues ... who could ask for anything more?

This is the kind of offering that makes the existence of LAMA not just a cataloging archive, but an actual "preservation" of the audio/recording arts ... a "music archeological society."

Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2008
Subject: Show is priceless, but seriously dudes...
Dudes, I hate to say this, but please don't post instructions on how to break the rules. What if the moderators come here and sees that? They could close your little loophole in seconds. Wouldn't subtlety b e wiser?
Reviewer: John B. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2008
Subject: sooooo good
yeah... no brainer. this is sick. bookmark it. rosa lee mcfall is amazingly soulfull, classic.

as for the downloading soundboard stuff that is seemingly "streaming only" well, yeah, it's pretty easy to get them off your temporary internet files- the MP3's are just sitting there, waiting to be auto-erased some time down road. just copy-paste into a folder. quality is substantially better than the tapes from other sites!
Reviewer: steimy incny - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2008
Subject: Another Gem
Not to often do you get a good recording from the Fillmore East days but this one is fantastic.The acoustic set brings chills to my spine,listen to the tightness of these guys and their harmony together.After the early 70's you didn't hear the Dead do Easy Wind anymore with Pigpen being gone so listen carefully to this classic jam.There is no doubt that 70-73 were some of the greatest shows by the Dead.R.I.P. Jerry and Ron.
Reviewer: ridetherail - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2008
Subject: Great Show and even easier D'L info
First of all many thanks to mgford25 for the download info. An even easier tool to use is free download manager. Gedt it from follow mg's instructions except just right click on the dl page and select download all with download manager. then just get the vbr mp3s and eliminate the rest. Really good show BTW
Reviewer: mgford25 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2008
Subject: Great show, download instructions
Great show.

For those wanting the MP3s permanently . . .

Just look at your address bar and change the word "details" to "download". Go to that page. All the files are there. You have two options. The slow way is to right-click and "save as" the files you want. The incredibly fast way is to use Firefox and DownThemAll, set up an MP3 filter, and download the whole show in two or three minutes. More details here:

PS. Set up an MP3 filter in DownThemAll, not a flac/shn/txt/doc/rtf/md5 filter. You'll also get both the 64kbps and 192kpps files this way, but you can easily de-click the ones you don't want.

BTW, I don't think the band has any problems with this because the MP3 sources are clearly inferior to the lossless files already pulled. These better files are also listed on the "download" page but are forbidden to access . . .
Reviewer: MR JROCK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2007
Subject: indian summer
ahhh yes this is gorgeous....and don't forget about the night before, one of their most powerful nights ever, mindblowing

so with the new Vista I cant find the files anymore in my temp internet folder...anybody have any suggestions?!?! thanks
Reviewer: bfree1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2007
Subject: miss the mellow
I love this first set it is the beginning and end of an era. This is laid back, tuneful acoustic dead of the highest order. 71' would bring in the year of energizing coked out extended jams. This is just so stoney you lose yourself in tunes 5 for sure.
Reviewer: LiveDeadOne - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2007
Subject: An American Beauty
This is a superlative example of the Dead at their acoustical best--a performance rooted in their origins as an ecletic, fusion jug/bluegrass/blues band. How I would love to have downloadable MP3 version. Any offers?
Reviewer: lemon lime partridge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2007
Subject: the king is now entirely spiritual
this show is just so wonderful, from start to finish. i'm mostly a 67-69 kind of fellow, but i think that has just changed...

alright 1970, let us be gracious friends.

most certainly a tip-top show on the archive.

and may i also suggest something for those of us with too much time/drugs on our hands:
open two windows side by side with the same show in each...then as quickly as you can, click on the same song in each window...then adjust the volume of each to roughly the same level and the two slightly out-of-sync streams will sound like an echo. if you start the songs too far apart it's unlistenable (or very listenable)...but if you try until you find a good delay it will turn your brain into taffy. sweet, chewy taffy. i might also point out that if you try this experiment with january 2, 1970's dark star you will hallucinate no matter how sober you are.
Reviewer: jwithers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2007
Subject: oh yeah
Hey is that Grisman on mandolin? Must be. Wait phil just said it's Nelson. Ok this is superb. This will turn any heart of stone to pure gold.
Reviewer: stella_blue85 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2007
Subject: Acoustic!!!
This show's acoustic set is an absolute GEM!!! Wow, one of the finest displays of early Dead there is, period... a MUST LISTEN indeed *drools* :-)
Reviewer: johnny d - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2007
Subject: hey
youd be hard pressed to find a better deepelm
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2007
Subject: nice...
this acoustic set is off the f***'in chain! the cumberland, new speedway, brokedown is just sweet...and the rest is amazing as well. the easy wind is good in the electric set, as is so much more.

as is thoroughly documented below, the sound does leave something to be desired, but to whomever cleaned it up so it sounds this nice (very highly listenable), thank you.

4 for at times astonishing brilliance with sound (and frankly at times, vocal harmonizing) that could be better.
Reviewer: RobertKeeley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2007
Subject: Sittin on top of the long list of great shows...
This show is fantastic...
Did I mention how good this show is?!?!?
Reviewer: Stephanie Brown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2007
Subject: Thank you ghostofpig ...
For directing me to this show. I had missed this one.

A really fantastic Cumberland Blues, also lovely versions of Ripple and Brokedown Palace.
I would be interested to know who was playing mandolin and piano here.

I love this period of transition from American Beauty & Workingman's through to the changes of 1971.

But alas only a four because of the intrusive tape hiss.
Reviewer: USBlues1977 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2007
Subject: Wow!!!
What a fantastic acoustic set. I mean good lord; Dark Hollow is played wonderfully. New Speedway-> Broken Down, that alone is a gem in itself. Ok sound but good enough to enjoy. This embodies the earlier sound of such an epic group. There are no other groups like this and there never will be. Great show and an even better setlist. 5 for the setlist.
Reviewer: craven714 - - June 21, 2007
Subject: Thanx
This is the first audio cassette tape I received as a teenager. No wonder I've been obsessed with the dead for so long. Thanx to the archive for allowing me to hear it all over again and again and... What a long strange trip its been.
Reviewer: Chiefwigumsboy00 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2007
Subject: 9 2 5
The boys get me through another day at work. this is just great. I love the energy when they come back on in casey jones.
Reviewer: Arijuana0 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2007
Subject: What he said...
This is A MUST HAVE BOOKMARKED SHOW. To crazy how this is soo beautiful i love it and I love this show. Hands down highest rank.
Reviewer: Dee_Cue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2006
Subject: No_Brainer
In my opinion, this is a no brainer. I have listened to many tapes throughout the last 11 years. This is one of my favorites! I make it a habit to think of the many heads who toured when I am enjoying a show like this. Life is a wonderful gift, and friends like y'alls are just alright:)

Reviewer: dadhed - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2006
Subject: sugar mag
jerry shreds sugar mag. outstanding sugar mag. mix is confused at best, not the clear blow the windows out that we all want, but I still did.4 stars for total sugar mag free for all.
Reviewer: Brontis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2006
Subject: A must-have show
Chris U:
Bobby was playing the Gibson hollow-body ES335 (ES330?) that he played for many years back then. Jerry's playing a Gibson SG Standard. And Phil a Gibson EB3. Yup... best sound they ever had.

9-18 was my first Dead show. I had first row center in the balcony. I was a Dead Head after the first song: Casey Jones. And then the Sugar Mag that followed... whew...

...the night that my musical idol Jimi Hendrix died--too serendipitous.

This show appears to be the best of the run. The acoustic set is one of the best I've ever heard.

The Not Fade Away's were coming into their own ... culminated two months later with the other-worldly renditions at Portchester Nov. 5 and 6.

What a shame that this period -- undoubtedly one of the band's peaks -- is missing from the vault almost entirely.

So many tunes had their canonical performances during this period: China Cat-> Rider, Not Fade Away, Sugar Mag, Casey Jones, Candyman, Cold Rain & Snow, Attics, Morning Dew ... all *never* sounded better than at Portchester 11-5/6/8, Fillmore East 11-16 (aka Anderson Theatre 11/23), Winterland 10-4, and perhaps @ 46th St. Theatre (my second and third shows)-- if tapes would surface.

Thanks to all for making this possible...
Reviewer: AshesRising - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2006
Subject: Jimi was in Jerry's heart this night
The night before this show Jerry was probably still in shock at Jimi's departure so he blazed a trail across the heavens. This night he begins the process of coming to peace with it: UJB, Ripple, To Lay Me Down, Brokedown, Attics and finishes with "We Bid You Goodnight." -- Like the other reviewer said: this is why we became a community. --- AshesRising
Reviewer: Six-String-Gun1 - favorite - July 18, 2006
Subject: Help
For some reason I cant download this show can anyone help me here? E mail me at if you can and put DeadHead in the title of the mail so I wont think its spam please. Thanks
Reviewer: kingharvest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2006
Subject: Great, great set
This is just a complete joy from beginning to end. This is a prime example of not only why we belong to this community, but why there is a community to begin with! Thanks to all involved in this great-sounding treasure, and to those who made it available to us.
Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2006
Subject: sorry for the mistake CHRIS U
Sorry---open mouth insert BOTH feet. I'd read CHRIS U's comment wrong---HE was the one who schooled "MR DEADHEAD". Dontcha just hate being wrong? Sorry dude...
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2006
Subject: nice remastering
This is a mighty fine upgrade from previous versions of this legendary show. There's much less hiss and recording levels appear to have been tweeked, even though they still seem to flucuate quite a bit. The drums are particularly mixed too high in several spots and there seems to be some tape degradation, especially in the acoustic set. With that said, this is still one hell of a hot show. Nice job cleaning this baby up. I downloaded this show with the assumption it was a high quality audience recording. That's what it's labeled but it's obviously a board. Get it while you can.
Reviewer: DTSECOFR21 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2006
Subject: Nice acoustic set
Sound Quality 5.0; Show Quality 5.0. Very nice acoustic set with TLMD & NSB. Very nice recording considering age and equipment at the time.
Reviewer: sky dog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2006
Subject: I'm confused
This show is obviously nasty...but I almost had a heart attack when I saw the files available for download! A remastered board of this quality? Incredible
Reviewer: ethelred - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2006
Subject: Nice acoustic
To my ears, this is one of the few acoustic sets from this era that is actually listenable. Most sound like crap.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2006
Subject: The best
Not an A recording- guitars'r too low - the hiss-tic hurts
but the boyz ARE on...

Rosalie, Cumberland -- A pair of mellow Jerry's?
What do you got?? Then the's sooo smoooth you're done.

G*d bless the GD...alright 5's but for the in/out hiss and lowness of the strings's a 10-top --
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2006
Subject: Hell Yeah!
This IS classic 1970 dead. Opens with a solid acoustic set followed by a huge electric set. This is a golden download for any dead head and even for newbies. Jonathan you're the man.
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2006
Subject: Best
The greatest To Lay Me Down.
It has the right intro.

The setlist is about right for almost being Valentine's.
Reviewer: gfink - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2005
Subject: Tasty
Nice cleanup job on this show. Okay, it still doesn't sound absolutely pristine, but I don't care. Hey, these tapes are 35 years old. This is one of the best shows (performance-wise) from the second half of 1970 that I've heard. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: AZStearns - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2005
Subject: Sound Quality
While the remaster improved upon the sound of my analog copy from back in the day, the warble and hiss remain. Great show, but a little too hissy for me to really give this high marks.
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2005
Subject: Jerry is out-of-control.
I put this version of NFA among my top three.

IMO, the NFA>Darkness>China Cat Jam>NFA sequence from the fillmore the day after Hendrix's death is probably "it" for me.

Jerry is out of control.
Reviewer: Skippy61 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2005
Subject: it's true!!
Like a previous reviewer said... this is the shit!!
The remaster is AWESOME but it's Ripple that gets me
all goose bumpy. Get this :)

Reviewer: jcroot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2005
Subject: easy wind
uhh. easy wind!

so why does it say .aud. in the lossless file name. clearly a .sbd. so what gives?

and another thing - caution/feedback - too much! maybe the best ever.
Reviewer: CoreyA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2005
Subject: YOU ARE KIND!
Whoever remastered this is a legend. This is just excellent shit man. I wish i could have something elegant to say about it but as i am listening to UJB i have goosebumps and am drooling like an idiot
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2005
Subject: new speedway is smokin hot
to hear the wood and strings in this is primo phil just carries this slow kind groove words cant explain.aok on the sound 5 10 stars who cares its a keeper!!thankx archive
Reviewer: aquiman - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2005
Subject: Great show, but...
... the hiss is still very prevalent, particularly during the acoustic set. Would be a five-star download otherwise.
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2005
Subject: Nothin left to do but smile, smile, smile
So nice to see upgrades appearing of the old classics that have been here for the past year. This show is solid with an amazing acoustic set. The electric set is one of the best of 70. O.K. the Dark Star the nigh before may put that night as one of the best too but whose counting? This NFA > Caution smokes!
The older seed was good but this one really does justice to this amazing performance. What was already a four star show is now bumped up to a five due to the work done on it! THANK YOU!!!

P.S. Don't forget to look up the new 11-8-70 Port Chester show just "remastered!" Thats the one I plan on re-visiting next :)
Reviewer: Sherman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2005
Subject: THIS IS THE ONE!!!!
I think this might be my all time favorite show and this remaster is a true masterpiece!! The cds that I had before had a good amount of hiss and the later part of the electric set sounded very degraded. This fixes all of that (except for some volume fluxuation durin the later part of Caution - which is not nearly as distracting as it was before) and makes it as it should be. The acoustic set is the all time best ever and the electric set just smokes.
Throw away your old copies of this show and dowload this now!! I cannot say enough good things about the show and the improvement this remaster represents. If you've been waiting for this show to be released (I had been since I first heard just the acoustic set years ago), wait no longer!!
Thank you so much for those who undertook this labor of love. VIVA THE ARCHIVE!!!
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: Magic
All who were involved in getting this recording to my ears, Band, Uploaders etc, Thankyou so much. this is without a dought, my favourite recording on the archive, and it just might be the best.
1970 is so special.
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